Would you save the life of an animal? Cats in shelters need you. You only need to adopt one and take care of it, which is easy with the information provided in this article.

Make sure your cat is always groomed. You can regularly brush or comb your cat. If you do this often, their coat will stay clean. Removing excess hair also reduces shedding and can prevent hairballs. If you groom your cat with care, both your pet and your home will look their best.

TIP! If you want to add a cat to your family, go to the shelter first to see what is available. Shelters around the country are overflowing, and the cats there need more humans to help.

Cats love to squeeze into tiny spots. If they are wearing a collar this can pose a safety risk, in the event that your cat gets stuck. A breakaway collar will let go if it is pulled on too tightly. A collar like this could save your cat’s life.

Your cat’s claws can wreck havoc on your furniture. If your beloved feline friend is shredding and damaging parts of your home, try investing in a cat tower or a scratching post. It is much better if your cat uses his claws on that, rather than your furniture. It doesn’t happen overnight but with some patience, you should be able to save your house from the claws.

You should never allow your cat to be bored all the time. Cats need play and exercise like other pets. But many cat owners ignore that need. Bored cats can really be a problem. They can have health issues, OCD, and even depression. Therefore, ensure your cat has enough space for exercising and playing. If they are indoors, give them a scratching post or something to climb on.

TIP! Make sure your cat is always groomed. You have to make sure your cat gets brushed or combed often.

Do not isolate the litter box in a distant place. Don’t put it in a busy area, and keep it away from your cat’s food. You’ll want to place the box in a spot with good ventilation to avoid unpleasant smells. Your cat and your nose will thank you for the effort.

Cats can spend hours keeping themselves and their fur clean. Long hair encourages hairballs. Special food can help. Some cat food brands have formulations to prevent or reduce hairballs, which will make life easier for your cat and you.

While usually cats make great pets for kids, younger kids may be too rough with them. Teach your kids the right way to hold a cat. Demonstrate the appropriate way to pick the cat up and how to play with them. Cats should be handled more gently since their bones are more fragile than those of dogs.

TIP! Don’t use dog portions for your cat. They can have very strong and possibly negative reactions to dog products.

You should be proud that you are giving love to a cat. You’re opening up your home and providing love to a cat that truly needs it. You will develop a strong bond with your cat that will last a lifetime. Take care of them and they’ll care for you.